Powering Your Child’s Brain with Movement

Bottom Line:

Years ago, researchers believed that the health benefits of exercise were limited to the body. However, recent research indicates that regular physical activity and movement can benefit both the body and brain. We’re seeing that movement supplies the brain cells with oxygen, promotes the production of new cells, and aides in creating connections in the brain.

Why it Matters:

Many schools are reducing P.E. classes, and even more students moving towards e-learning.  Therefore, you want to be sure your child to exercises daily.

Movement triggers the release of many chemical substances. This release enhances brain function. In many ways, exercising each day is likely to make your child a better student!

    • Brain Function: Movement may protect your brain against degenerative changes.
    • Stress Reduction: Exercise and movement  decrease stress and has an antidepressant effect.
    • Memory: Regular exercise helps memory and thinking in both direct and indirect ways.
Next Steps:

In the past, we may have considered exercise and P.E. classes to be a distraction from learning. However, now we understand that movement and exercise play a big role in learning and brain function.

Daily movement and exercise are healthy for both your child’s body and brain. Does your child struggles to get enough exercise due to pain or posture issues? Schedule an appointment with us today. Our posture and movement assessments are designed to identify abnormal patterns, and our care can help your child feel better so that they can stay active and become the best student possible!

Science Source(s):

Learning Up Regulates Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor Messenger RNA. BN. 2019.

The Anti-depressant Effect of Running. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. 2005.

Regular Exercise Changes the Brain to Improve Memory. Harvard Health Publishing. 2014.